ແພງແມ່ [Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos]

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ແພງແມ່ [Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos]

Mother s Beloved Stories from Laos This book presents of Outhine Bounyavong s short stories in English translation alongside the Lao originals marking his formal debut for an American audience It is also the first collection of Lao

  • Title: ແພງແມ່ [Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos]
  • Author: Outhine Bounyavong Outhine Bounyavong
  • ISBN: 9780295977362
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book presents 14 of Outhine Bounyavong s short stories in English translation alongside the Lao originals, marking his formal debut for an American audience It is also the first collection of Lao short stories to be published in the English language Peter Koret s Introduction explores the history of modern Lao literature and considers Outhine s writing within this bThis book presents 14 of Outhine Bounyavong s short stories in English translation alongside the Lao originals, marking his formal debut for an American audience It is also the first collection of Lao short stories to be published in the English language Peter Koret s Introduction explores the history of modern Lao literature and considers Outhine s writing within this broader context.

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    1. Andrew on said:

      Boy, I feel bad giving this a bad review. It's the first short story collection translated in English to come out of the Lao PDR, and Outhine is considered one of their most important writers. But this mostly sucked. I'm not sure it was lost in translation, either. I think each story was meant to be told in such a painfully obvious way. I recognize that to a large extent this is a cultural difference-- a long spell in Thailand and Laos, and a lot of time watching soap operas in Thailand and Laos [...]

    2. Maud (reading the world challenge) on said:

      [#93 Laos] This is the first and only Laotian book ever translated into English. Well, it pains me to say this, but it was quite underwhelming. It's composed for short stories, which were neither original nor well-crafted. They are almost childish, and the moral of the story comes down to basic human decency. I know there is a dictator controlling the publishing industry, but still, it was so bleak.

    3. Harry Rutherford on said:

      Mother’s Beloved is a collection of short stories from Laos; even with an introductory essay and with the Lao printed opposite the English, it’s only 160 pages. BTW, I don’t know a lot about Lao names, but I think that ‘Outhine’ is the surname.I knew absolutely nothing about Laos except its approximate location (between Thailand and Vietnam). Fortunately this book has an essay about contemporary Lao literature that acted as a quick primer on the country’s modern history, which has be [...]

    4. Lora Grigorova on said:

      Mother’s Beloved: Stories from Laos – Outhine Bounyavong: readwithstyle.wordpress/20Most of the short stories in Mother’s Beloved were written during the communist rule – the simplicity of the situations are typical for a regime, in which too much ambiguity is mostly regarded as politically suspicious. For the experienced reader it felt as reading fables. Bounyavong’s characters are faced with moral dilemmas, the resolution of which clearly demonstrates what the ideal citizen should be [...]

    5. Bree Riley on said:

      Read a lot of negative reviews on this one but I actually really enjoyed it. The stories are all very short and straight forward. There is not a lot going on but the telling was very endearing. They reminded me of the kind of stories your mother might tell when you go to visit after being away for a few weeks. Nothing too significant but pleasant and engaging enough. Little snapshots more than anything else.

    6. Marina on said:

      A rather boring collection of moralistic tales from Laos. Quite good to have an insight on Lao life, especially outside of the capital city, but with little to no literary value, I'm afraid.For a review in Italian, please visit: sonnenbarke.wordpress/201

    7. Slymandra on said:

      [Around the World challenge: Laos] This book was quite underwhelming, as the short stories felt childish and the moral at the end of each one remained superficial. Maybe it's because it was published under the control of a dictator, maybe it's because it's the first ever Lao book translated into English, but in the end it was way too bleak.

    8. Chris on said:

      Mother's Beloved: Stories from Laos by Outhine BounyavongPreparing a visit to a foreign country, or even while traveling there, I always try to read some ‘local’ literature. For my visit to Laos this volume of short stories by Outhine Bounyavong, is perfect for this occasion. It not only holds some beautiful heartfelt stories but also starts off with an interesting introduction to Laos literature by Peter Koret.Laos has a centuries-old tradition of Buddhist literature, the earliest records d [...]

    9. Peggy on said:

      Like others here, I read this for a reading challenge. In my case, I needed to read something by a Laotian author for a square on my reading bingo - this is one of the only (maybe the only?) work by a Laotian author translated into English, so I gave it a try. I did enjoy the glimpse into Laotian life, but I agree with most of the reviewers here that it wasn't particularly engaging. The stories were very moralistic, and the pro-communism morals of the stories were a bit much at times. I would be [...]

    10. Ben Rowe on said:

      I read this because I am trying to read books by authors from countries I haven't read before. These simple, moralistic tales did give me a sense for life in Laos and with the detailed introduction to Lao literature I felt I got a little bit of a sense for the literature of the place.Its a very short volume as half of it is taken up with the original language version and were it longer I might have struggled to get through it but overall I enjoyed it.

    11. K's Bognoter on said:

      Jeg ville virkelig gerne have kunnet give denne bog en god anmeldelse. Det er bare ikke muligt. Disse historier fra Laos er alle jammerligt kedsommelige. Men ufrivilligt interessante som eksempler på, hvordan der stort set aldrig kommer god litteratur ud af intentioner om at skrive politisk opbyggelig fiktion.Læs hele anmeldelsen på K's bognoter:bognoter/2016/03/22/outhine

    12. Val on said:

      I had some difficulty finding a book for Laos. Two other World Tour readers found and read this one, so I decided to join them.The stories are OK and they do give some insights into Lao life, but I don't think I would recommend this book to a friend as I took some time to read all of them. I read the stories one or two at a time, the book didn't make me want to read more.

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